I. E. P.

Three letters that often spark anxiety in the hearts and minds of families caring for children with disabilities.

It can be an enlightening experience… or an absolute nightmare.

According to IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), under this federal law, children with disabilities are eligible to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) and related services.  In accordance, all children who receive special education and related services must have an individualized education plan.

I. E. P.

Heart beating faster?

An IEP (Individualized Education Plan) is a written statement that will outline how your child will receive educational curriculum and related services in a classroom. It is composed of information gathered from a team that convenes to write the document and is used to give practical and useful steps to achieving those educational goals.

Sounds simple.  Right?

Here is where the anxiety starts.  Often there are conflicts among the team in how these educational opportunities will be provided and which services will be given.  This can create general discord for families and individuals in trying to get the document written in a manner that will benefit the child in the best possible way.

Then along came COVID-19.

What happens to the IEP when children with disabilities are practicing distance learning?  Many families are now facing the awesome task of teaching their children at home for the first time. They must not only follow the curriculum provided by the school district, but also figure a way to provide the related services, eg: therapy, and accommodate these educational vehicles to their child’s individual needs.

What is a parent to do?

This is where I step in.  (Ahem...clears throat)  My name is La Taasha Byrd.  I teach parents how to teach their children with special needs at home.

“Hi La Taasha.”

I am a special needs parent.  Early in our educational journey I realized that the standard of education I was seeking was not the same as what the school district offered.  Even with the most iron-clad IEP your child will still continue to need added attention in areas requiring a more detailed approach that is difficult to achieve at school alone. The need for 1:1 education and real world application could not be duplicated in a classroom setting.

These details could be supplemented... at home.

The At-Home Educational Plan offers an individualized education plan (IEP) written specifically with your family in mind. It will incorporate:

  • Educational objectives
  • Performance objectives
  • Social skills
  • Developmental skills

as well as activities to foster:

  • Community inclusion
  • Independence goals
  • Home therapy techniques

We achieve this by a thorough intake process and provide In-person coaching for an additional 24 weeks (4 six-week intervals).

A lot of course creators will sell a package. You get some information, maybe an e-book, a few videos, but good luck getting a live person afterward. The great thing about ‘The At-Home Educational Plan’ is that I will be there with you to help along the way. You don’t have to do this alone. 


At Countdown Academy you get my knowledge base. You get my advocacy. You get a parent that 'gets it'. You get Cai hijacking your face-to-face. You get our life and all the extra that being a special needs parent brings with it. #iteachparents 

Schedule a face-to-face today.

I’m LaTaasha Byrd. Welcome to The Countdown! It's nice to meet you.

LA TAASHA BYRD is a mom to a teenage daughter with Down Syndrome. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Central Florida. She hails from the metropolis of Monticello, Florida where she learned the values of small town life and a love for country living. She is a proud, self-proclaimed ‘Mom-Schooler’ and chronicles the journey of homeschooling a child with exceptionality in her Facebook blog, Countdown To K. She regularly speaks at conferences and advocates for the special needs community at local, state, and national levels. She is the headmaster at Countdown Academy, an online school for parents of exceptional children. She is the author of "Inclusion Is for the Included: A Collection of Stories from a Special Needs Mom". Together she and her daughter reside in Orlando, FL where they enjoy many activities in the Florida sun.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a refund if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

We would never want you to be unhappy. It is our intent that we provide a quality service and relevant information to assist in your homeschooling journey. We ask that you apply the tools and techniques we provide to your own unique family situation. Individual results will vary depending on your family dynamic, level of participation, and individual goals. However, if you are unsatisfied with your service, contact us in the first 24 hours after the inital intake and we will schedule an exit session to determine a pro-rated refund minus a $100 non-refundable cancelation fee.

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Can I purchase coaching more than once?

Absolutely! Having an 'At-Home IEP' is a process that will need revision to reflect the individual needs of each family. If you find yourself in need of a new plan written, simply schedule a new meeting for an update.